Posted by Sandra on October 30 2013

A few weeks ago I asked you to send me info about the most important radio stations of your country so I could make a list to request Love Is On The Radio, well some of you sent me the info and with it and the one I already had I created a page with info of radios worldwide where you can request #LIOTR everyday and help to promote it!

Also if you know more radio stations and you want me to add them on the list just send me an email to sandra@poyntersource.com and I’ll add them.

Click on the pic below to enter to the LIOTR request page and spread the word about it!!!

McFly LIOTR Request

 
 
Posted by Sandra on November 19 2017

McFLY’s Tom Fletcher has released the stunning music video to accompany the release of The Musical Edition of his hit novel ‘The Christmasaurus’.

The tear-jerking picture released yesterday is based on the true story of teenager Lily Rice, who is the first European female to perform a backflip in a wheelchair.

Lily, who stars in the video alongside pop singer Tom, has a condition called hereditary spastic paraplegia which causes muscle rigidity.

Yet she was able to achieve the feat in Cariff after six hours’ practice.

The video is set to his track Afraid Of Heights, one of 14 new songs culled from his CD The Christmasaurus, the musical edition of his debut novel of the same name.

All written and performed by Tom, they are accompanied by a full orchestra and include surprise solos from Giovanna Fletcher – Tom’s wife – and Carrie Hope-Fletcher, his sister.

The Christmasaurus is also set for a stage show at London’s Eventim Apollo for a limited run from December 21 – 28.

Harry Judd, Matt Willis, Giovanna, and Carriewill are all set to appear alongside Tom on-stage in the festive spectacular.

The Christmasaurus is also being turned into an animated feature film directed by Michael Gracey, who recently directed the film The Greatest Showman On Earth starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams.

Tom remains a guitarist on McFly.

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Posted by Sandra on October 31 2017

McFly band member turned children’s author Tom Fletcher has claimed a “world first” with a musical edition of his highly successful middle-grade novel The Christmasaurus.

Penguin Random House Children’s has described the concept as the “first time an author has written a soundtrack for their novel” . The book and 14-track CD will be released together next month (16th November) retailing at £14.99, with all the songs written and performed by Fletcher.

Meanwhile Fletcher’s wife, author Giovanna Fletcher, together with his McFly bandmate Harry Judd, Busted bandmate Matt Willis and sister Carrie Hope Fletcher will also appear in the ‘The Chistmasaurus – Live on Stage’. The show will run at the Eventim Apollo London from 21st to 28th December. The book is also being adapted into an animated film, by director Michael Gracey.

A partnership with Warburtons to offer “exciting and exclusive content” with the baking company is also on the cards, with details still to be announced.

Fletcher told The Bookseller how the idea for the accompanying CD began when he was writing The Christmasaurus, his first middle-grade children’s novel, published by Puffin in October 2016 – which has gone on to sell more than 163,281 copies according to Nielsen BookScan.

He said: “The whole idea for the book had stated because of a song I had written, ‘The Christmasaurus’. Because it had been inspired by a song, I carried on writing songs as I wrote the book. It helped me if there was a moment which matched a song, it felt natural to do that. When I finished the first draft, I had around nine or 10 songs and so I sent it to a few people including Michael Gracey. He contacted me a few days, and sent over some conceptual art, saying let’s make this into a film. I don’t think we had even done the deal with PRH yet.”

Fletcher believes the combination of music and books will provide a unique experience for the reader. He said: “It is really special to put the two things, [music and books], together. Books fire up your imagination and music touches your emotion in such a special way.”

The author and musician, who revealed a bookclub with WH Smith in September, described PRH Children’s m.d Francesca Dow as “amazing” because of how the publisher invested in the musical recording.

He said: “Francesca was amazing at being so accommodating about our vision. She came on board and invested in the music. I was so pleased that Francesca had shown such enthusiasm and believe in us.”

Dow told The Bookseller: “We are hugely excited about publishing The Christmasaurus, The Musical Edition – combining music and narrative to make a magical storytelling experience, we are so proud to publish this musical edition – a first for the industry – and another example of Tom’s incredible creativity for children. This is the latest in an exciting line up of Christmasaurus experiences that we know fans of the book and beyond will love.”

Fletcher also said the response from shops had been positive and The Bookseller understands that retailers have already ordered a high volume of copies, months before the announcement. He said: “The reaction from retailers has been overwhelming. I try not to pay too much attention but to have that faith in me is great, and this is before anyone has heart the recordings.

Fletcher described expanding into publishing as “refreshing” following his background in music, having first performed at the London Palladium aged nine. He said: “People can be jaded in music and there have been so many changes which have had a massive impact. We didn’t have the internet when we first started now school children can all download it onto their phones. It felt so fresh to come into the world of publishing. It felt like people really cared about what they do. People seem to care about my books as much as I do and I did not feel that in the music business. It is refreshing and now to have that same enthusiasm from publishing about music is amazing.”

He acknowledged that criticism can be difficult – he provoked the ire of some illustrators over copyright concerns in August and his inclusion in this year’s list of World Book Day titles, along with other celebrity authors, was slammed by some in the industry earlier this month.

Fletcher told The Bookseller: “I try not to think about winning the respect of the publishing industry. You invariably get people who are critical and it is really hard to read that and stay motivated. I try to avoid that as much as I can because no one liked to read negative stuff… But I completely understand that, from coming from a mainstream pop band, that I would need to earn the respect. I still feel I am proving myself but I hope people won’t judge the books before reading them.”

He added: “I had this when I was writing pop music and we had success but we never had the credibility people in rock bands had. We never had the recognition and that was frustrating but knowing kids who are seven or eight and reading it and love it, that is what it is all about.”

Fletcher’s latest book, The Creakers (PRH Children’s) was published on 5th October and has now 20,912 copies. The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet!, his World Book Day picture book with McFly bandmate Dougie Poynter, is his most successful, with 220,458 copies sold (all figures according to Nielsen BookScan).

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Posted by Sandra on October 31 2017

So finally Tom revealed who are going to be the special guests on The Christmasaurus Musical!! None others than Matt from Busted, Harry from a group you may know called… McFly? :P and his sister Carrie. Really great additions to the cast!
If you haven’t yet, you can still buy some tickets for The Christmasaurus!!

At a special preview event earlier today, musician, performer and writer Tom Fletcher announced the initial casting for The Christmasasaurus, his new family-friendly musical coming to the Eventim Apollo in December.

Carrie Hope Fletcher, Matt Willis, Harry Judd and Giovanna Fletcher will all star in the piece, directed by Derek Bond and adapted for the stage by Miranda Larson. The show will feature sleigh bells, dancing elves and a special appearance from Saint Nick.

Judd and Tom Fletcher are both members of the band McFly, while Willis performed in Busted. The trio combined to form a supergroup, McBusted, which toured the UK from 2013 to 2015. Willis’ further stage credits include Wicked, Flashdance and Footloose.

Carrie Hope Fletcher’s previous stage credits include Les Miserables and The Addams Family, which is about to conclude a UK tour, while Giovanna Fletcher made her concert debut in a one-off performance of Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol at the Lyceum Theatre last year, also starring Carrie Hope Fletcher.

The musical is based on the 2016 novel of the same name, written by Tom Fletcher and nominated for the Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. The show follows the life of young boy William Trundle as he embarks on adventures across the North Pole.

Tom Fletcher says: “The book all began with a song, called “The Christmasaurus”! That song inspired this whole story and as I began writing the book I wrote more songs that helped me tell the story and bring the characters to life. The book was released last year but I wanted to get these songs out there too.”

Fletcher has also announced that The Christmasaurus will be adapted into an animated feature film, directed by Michael Gracey (who makes his directorial debut with The Greatest Showman on Earth which opens this Christmas and stars Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron).

The Christmasaurus runs at the Eventim Apollo from 21 to 28 December.

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Posted by Sandra on October 9 2017

[x5]PHOTOSHOOTS > 2017 > FABULOUS MAGAZINE

The former Strictly champ opened up to Fabulous about his mental health difficulties, and issues with drugs and alcohol.

Harry Judd arrives at our shoot still revelling in the hour or so’s peace the car journey here has just afforded him. With 20-month-old Lola and six-week-old Kit causing carnage at home, quiet and calm aren’t usually on the agenda these days.

“I love being with them and I’m so lucky, but god, it’s hard work!” he admits. “I don’t know how people have four of them. But it’s a crazy, wonderful thing.”

Despite the lack of sleep, Harry is remarkably bright-eyed and bushy-tailed today. He’s currently in a really good, healthy place. After years of battling debilitating anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, the demons are firmly at bay. Harry opens up about those mental health difficulties and issues with drugs and alcohol, plus how he overcame them through exercise in his book Get Fit, Get Happy, which is serialised in The Sun from tomorrow.

Part-memoir, part-fitness guide, it’s an uplifting and accessible read, full of photos of Harry demonstrating how readers can work out on the go – at the bus stop, in the office, in the shower (cue some gratuitous topless shots of a dripping wet Harry). It’s also intensely honest.

“It’s not a plan, it’s more: ‘Here’s my philosophy, here’s my story, here’s how fitness helped me,’ he explains. “My mental health has been up and down since I was 19, and I’m coming up to 32 now. It’s something I’m going to have to keep tabs on for the rest of my life, but exercise is something I can control. It focuses me, it’s productive and it makes me feel good. I’m happier in my job, my relationship, everything.

“I don’t drink alcohol any more, I quit smoking, I certainly don’t do any drugs – it’s been a long time since I touched drugs. Those were the reasons anxiety reared its ugly head.”

Harry has more incentive than ever to manage his mental health after the births of his two children – becoming a dad has played a significant role in helping him stay well. After turning to IVF to conceive Lola following two years of infertility issues, Harry and his violinist wife Izzy, 33, were prepared to undergo the whole gruelling process again for baby number two.

However, life is full of surprises. “We were planning another round of IVF for this summer, but Izzy was like: ‘Oh, let’s just see what happens’. And you know, as a husband after a nine-month pregnancy and a bit of a delay after that, I was like: ‘OK. Yes, let’s see what happens!’

“And then she was pregnant and part of me was like: ‘This is amazing’, but also… yeah.” Harry sighs wearily and then laughs, quick to clarify that he’s in no way moaning about his lot.
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Posted by Sandra on July 27 2017

[x4]PHOTOSHOOTS > 2017 > WONDERLAND MAGAZINE PHOTOSHOOT

McFly’s finest talks industry change and Saturday night tell

With five studio albums, 14 sellout tours, and over 30 different awards, you might best remember Danny Jones for his role in pop-rock band McFly, the four-piece responsible for keeping tracks such as “Five Colours in Her Hair” and “All About You” stuck in your head since the early 2000s.

Jones, however, has a lot more under his belt than a Smash Hits award for 2005’s “Most Snoggable Male” might suggest. After finishing McFly’s Anthology tour in late 2016 – the band’s first series of shows after two years of touring with James Bourne and Matt Willis as McBusted – the musician has been working on a number of solo projects including some exclusive writing and producing for One Direction. Most recent is Jones’ stint as a judge on The Voice Kids alongside Pixie Lott and will.i.am, the latest tear-jerking talent show to be aired on ITV.

Somewhere between the show’s finale earlier this month and preparing for his first child with former Miss England, Georgia Horsley, we managed to grab a few minutes with the man who helped score the soundtrack to the best part of our youth.

How was going back on tour last year with just the other members of McFly? Was it strange after touring for so long as McBusted?

No, not strange at all! Just a lot more room on stage as there was only three other dudes running around with guitars instead of five.

Fair enough. How do you think the industry has changed since your first tour in 2004?

The industry has changed a lot. Streaming has become huge and socials are now a vital part of promotion; we used to sell physical CD’s and do Saturday morning TV which was ace! It’s a super exciting time at the minute as consumers have their very own library of music that they can search and research whenever they want. I do think it has gotten harder for new artists to solidify a loyal, active fanbase though. It’s ok having a smash on Spotify or iTunes and be on all the playlists, but that can be short lived. It seems at the minute that we are a ‘skip’ nation and we don’t seem to even listen to a whole song without skipping onto the next without even knowing who it was. It’s the only downfall about having whatever music you want whenever and wherever.

You’ve done a lot of producing and DJing recently. How does that compare to writing and performing as a band?

They are all completely different. I DJ as a hobby, nothing super serious, but it’s ace fun. However, it doesn’t even compare to playing my guitar; the smell, the feel and the sound of an instrument always wins for me. Performing live, especially with the boys…there is nothing better. But I do like DJing, it’s a kind of escape for me. To go and play a show with your best bros is a superb feeling. Producing I also love, it’s a chance to start with nothing and end up with magic without any opinions. Getting something to sound sonically right is a challenge but it’s a challenge that I love.

Everyone has been loving The Voice Kids, how did you get involved with that?

I asked. I didn’t know they were doing a kids version and when they asked if I would be interested in a kids versions I said yeah! It was very exciting to think that you could find young undiscovered UK talent and help mould them into what they wanted to become. I’ve loved every minute of it.

Ok, quickfire round. Pixie Lott or will.i.am?

Ooh…both!

Backstreet Boys or Westlife?

Backstreet Boys.

McFly or McBusted?

If I had to decide…Mcfly.

Popstar or Opera Star?

Popstar.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks or 8 Out of 10 Cats?

8 Out of 10 Cats.

Favourite member of 1D?

Niall. His banter is on another level.

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Posted by Sandra on June 30 2017

On his latest blog for HuffPost UK Dougie talks about the importance of us taking care of our environment and the effect it has on the climate change. Watch his thoughts about it HERE.

Dougie Poynter, musician, philanthropist, and conservationist, is an ambassador and supporter of the new ‘Tread Lightly’ campaign which is calling on visitors to respect and preserve Richmond Park for future generations.

In an exclusive vlog for HuffPost UK he talks about the campaign, what we can all to do preserve the environment and how the younger generation can make the biggest difference to climate change.

 
 
Posted by Sandra on June 30 2017

Tomorrow’s episode of The Voice Kids is gonna be an emotional one..

We’ve just got something in our eye…

There have been several moments during The Voice Kids that have left us feeling rather emotional, but absolutely nothing compares to what coach Danny Jones goes through on this Saturday’s episode.

Following one young performer’s Blind Audition, Danny reveals that he can really relate to the meaning behind the song – so much so that he is left choked up, can’t speak and has to be comforted by fellow coaches Pixie Lott and will.i.am.

When he tries to give his feedback to the young singer, Danny has to stop speaking and look down while Pixie interjects with her thoughts and gives the McFly singer a chance to gather himself.
Pixie and will gather round Danny’s chair, where Pixie asks him if he’s alright and will says: “Those are strong tears, bro.”

“It really, really got to me that moment,” he says later, while as the Blind Auditions draw to a close Danny reflects that “it’s been emotional, hasn’t it?”

Oh Danny, we now love you even more.

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Posted by Sandra on June 30 2017

When Danny was at The BUILD Studios in London a few weeks ago to talk about The Voice Kids (you can watch the video HERE) they also did a kind of game with him about his first times on music, movies… Enjoy it!!

 
 
Posted by Sandra on June 28 2017

You can read below an interview that Danny did not long ago with FWord Magazine and also you can see the pics of the photoshoot in our gallery. And casualty or not Dougie appears on the printed edition of the same magazine this month so if you want to read his interview you can buy the magazine HERE

[x13]PHOTOSHOOTS > 2017 > FILIPE PHITZGERARD FOR FWORD MAGAZINE

IN CONVERSATION WITH DANNY JONES
MUSIC BACK TO BASICS

He is one of four members of one of the most successful bands of our generation, and with a creative record that speaks volumes, Danny Jones is becoming a symbol of what music should really be about. From the success with his band McFly, Jones has become a music producer desired by many, he not only wrote, co-wrote and produced some of McFly’s biggest hits – some of which are played on the radio to this date – but worked with One Direction composing and producing their last album together and has influenced several other artists of our times. Danny’s experience and skills have now landed him at the judging panel of The Voice Kids, on ITV, an endeavor he sees as a great platform to showcase and support young talents.

Danny’s passion for music dates from his early years when his mother got him music lessons due to his great and undeniable interest in music. He learned by doing it, spending countless hours practicing and trying out styles and beats. One thing that is clear, is that Danny Jones is not only a skillful writer and musician but one with a soul looking to tell a story. His passion, talent, and skills combined with this dazzling emotional rawness make him and his creations relatable and real, something our generation, and the one after ours, surely crave for.

We had the pleasure of meeting with Danny after his latest trip to LA to talk about music, his role as a judge at The Voice Kids and how this generation of young talents should be supported and taught. We meet with him at the Long & Waterson showroom space in Shoreditch, a beautiful and sophisticated yet relaxed new apartment development in the heart of East London. The set could not be more appropriate for this afternoon of candid and heart-warming chat with Danny.

As soon as we met outside Long & Waterson, Danny was chilled and friendly, shaking my hand and introducing himself – not that he needed any introduction as I have been a fan of his work since I was a teenager – I ask how he is doing and his answer is direct followed by a cheeky laugh, ‘I’m really well, just jet-lagged and hungry. But I am always hungry.’ We head inside the showroom and get him a healthy vegetable quiche from a nearby cafe. Once Danny had finished his ‘lunch’ we head to the grooming room where he straight-way starts a conversation with the team. Friendly, personal, and captivating.

We sit down at the living space and start chatting about his recent trip to Los Angeles, one which Jones describes as “relaxed and fun”. He tells me that he spent the first two weeks simply enjoying the city, eating burgers and drinking beer. He also attended the worldly famous music festival Coachella, seeing some bands and checking out “what the kids out there are listening to.”

Had you been to Coachella before? Never been. And I found it weird to go and have a beer and watch a band. (Laughs) Because you were in a band, is it different being on the other side? It is actually really nice because you usually hear so many bands from behind the stage and it’s just big loud beats, so to go upfront is like ‘oh, this is how we sound’, it’s kinda nice. But I just went there to see what the kids were listening to. It was interesting. When was the last time you were in LA? Two years ago. Hopefully, we’ll be back more. There are some really good vibes there.

I ask Danny if he found the scene in L.A to be much different from the one we see in the U.K, to which he replied; “I feel like maybe people get more excited over there. Maybe your crazy thoughts and dreams are a bit more out there.” Jones feels that in the U.K, artists tend to play with rawness and emotions more than in the U.S, they wish to tell a story and often don’t need to create a super complicated melody or over the top production as they rely on the emotional element in their songs.

“I find British musicians quite passionate and they create music to be personal. I love being moved by music. My idols are all kind of storytellers. Specially Springsteen. I listen to his music and I see him as an actor and I think ‘How does he find inspiration to write all these songs?’. I know that he watches a lot of documentaries and movies or he gets obsessed with something and I think he puts himself in those situations he is watching. He has character and I think, I need to do that. In the band, we sort of had some of those extensions from reality, from experiences we had and we used to chip in when writing a song, because we were in four, so we would bring our own personal experiences to the table.” …keep reading.

 
 
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